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Imran Khan calls off anti-government protest in Pakistan after SC order

Three of Sharif's four children are said to be owners of offshore companies, according to the Panama Papers.

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Photo: Shutterstock

chief on Tuesday called off tomorrow's anti-government protest and instead announced celebrations after the Supreme ordered a probe against Prime Minister and his family over the scandal.

PTI chairman Khan had threatened to lockdown the capital on Wednesday by mobilising a million supporters to force Sharif to step down over corruption allegations against him and his family.

Khan, 64, said outside his Bani Gala residence here that it is time to "celebrate victory and offer thanks".

"Go home and rest," cricketer-turned-politician Khan told about 300 supporters who had been camping outside his residence.

He asked them to return to on Wednesday to celebrate thanksgiving at the Parade Ground in the capital.

"I am elated that the investigation into Nawaz Sharif's (alleged corruption) will begin day after tomorrow," he said.

The Supreme had set November 3 as the date of hearing in the case.

Three of Sharif's four children are said to be owners of offshore companies, according to the

Sharif and his family have dismissed the allegations of money laundering and denied any wrongdoing but the opposition is demanding an independent probe.

The announcement to cancel the protest came just hours after party's spokesman Naeem ul Haq had said that the protest would go ahead as planned.

After Khan's announcement that he would not enforce the lockdown it is expected that the government would lift the roadblocks and clear entry points leading to

First Published: Tue, November 01 2016. 16:57 IST